Edcerpts for December 19, 2022

Internet Travels

Edcerpts are my weekly round up of interesting links and ideas I discovered on the internet. It is published on Mondays for the previous week



  • Attention, trust and GPT3 | Seth’s Blog – Meaningful work in the age of Artificial Intelligence and GPT3.
  • Human Skills in a World of Artificial Intelligence – John Spencer – How AI and GPT3 are going to change the idea of teaching.
  • You have heard about elf on a shelf, but have you heard of … | Mike Kaechele – Names, and the importance thereof.
  • SIFT on Mastodon – “SIFT is a web literacy and media literacy strategy which is constantly needed and relevant in our modern information landscape.”
  • Neuroscience Says This Is the Best Way to Make Better Decisions, Almost Instantly – This idea of chunking is what I call “geek intuition”. It’s not that I’ve done everything with technology, it’s also because I’ve broken a lot of stuff that I then have to fix.
  • CURMUDGUCATION: Finding the Sweet Spot for Teacher Autonomy – •On the one hand, a teacher with no autonomy, who simply reads from the book or the canned script is not an actual teacher at all. Some autonomy is absolutely necessary for real teaching. On the other hand, there are limits to how much autonomy a teacher should have. Teachers are hired by taxpayers to teach children with professional judgment and expertise. The best teachers are real people, and they bring their real people stuff into the classroom – this includes beliefs and values. However, personal beliefs should not interfere with work or student relationships/treatment in class. It can be difficult to find a balance between too little and too much autonomy as a teacher – there is no simple answer.
  • Outcome of the AVID College Preparatory Program on Adolescent Health: A Randomized Trial – Academic tracking is a widespread practice that separates students by prior academic performance. Clustering lower performing students together may unintentionally reinforce risky peer social networks, school disengagement, and risky behaviors. The Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program supports placing middle-performing students in rigorous college-preparatory classes alongside high-performing peers. A randomized, controlled trial of AVID was conducted in the United States with 270 participants. Results showed that AVID positively impacts social networks, health behaviors, and psychosocial outcomes suggesting academic untracking may have substantial beneficial spillover effects on adolescent health.



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